KIEV, November 22. /TASS/. A Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has accused the Russian servicemen executed after surrendering to Ukrainian forces in the settlement of Makeyevka in the LPR of "perfidy" and "violating the laws of war."
"(The Ukrainian - TASS) Lugansk regional prosecutor’s office filed evidence of perfidy committed by the servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the united registry of pre-trial investigations. Criminal proceedings were opened under the article on violating the laws and customs of war (Part 1, Article 438 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code)," according to a statement published on Tuesday on the Telegram channel of the office of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General.
"The Russian servicemen, pretending to surrender to Ukrainian servicemen, opened fire on the Ukrainian defenders," the prosecutor’s office claimed. "Such deeds are forbidden under international humanitarian law."
A video that shows Ukrainian soldiers shooting Russian prisoners of war lying on the ground emerged on the Internet on November 18. According to Head of Russia’s Presidential Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC), Valery Fadeyev, the execution took place in the settlement of Makeyevka in the LPR. Fadeyev branded the incident as a demonstrative and defiant crime and asserted that he would demand an international investigation. He said that the HRC would send evidence concerning the Makeyevka massacre to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other international organizations.
Earlier, Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over the mass shooting of captured Russian servicemen by Ukrainian troops based on a video disseminated on the Internet.